What we see most in our garden, are flies. So.. not very idyllic. Which is why this idea sounded great. When we were on our last trip to Intratuin to pick out our flowers to plant in the garden, we found a mix of flowers to grow that would appeal to butterflies.
All we had to do, was mix the 2 bags in a bowl, spread them out over some potting soil and make sure to give them plenty of water. Easy enough!
The first two weeks nothing really happened and we were wondering if we might've done something wrong, but then one day we looked outside and it had really started growing.
From then on, it kept growing and growing, but it stayed green and to be fair, it looked like we had planted just a bunch of weeds you find on the side of the road. And we hadn't seen any butterflies either. But then, just as quickly as it had started growing, there were flowers in all colors growing and we got visited by 5 butterflies in one day. Honestly, it still does look like weeds for the most part, but the tiny flowers and butterflies make it worth it!
So all in all, mission accomplished!
Last year we gave our garden a much needed spruce up. We got rid of all the grass that was there (which was mostly weeds anyway) and threw away our outdoor furniture. We put down new grass, bought new furniture, planted some trees, bought a fun outdoor playhouse for our daughter.
Because it looks better now, it's even more fun to pimp it up from time to time.
So a few weeks ago we went out to a huge garden departement store in The Netherlands, that we really like, called "Intratuin". They only have a Dutch website, so I don't know how much you'll be able to make of it, but it's basically like Ikea but with nothing but stuff to use outdoors.
We picked out some great plants and had fun getting them all garden-ready.
Back Cover Blurb
"Forced out of the city by the Depression, Arnold Haldmarne moves his wife and three daughters to the country and tries to scratch a living from the land. After years of unrelenting hard work, the hiring of a young man from a neighbouring farm upsets the fragile balance of their life. And in the summer, rains fail to come."
The book is told by Marget, the middle sister. It seems that she has the least things happen in her life and concentrates more on telling the story of her family. Her father, who is starting to get older but needs to keep the farming running with all girls and no son. Her older sister Kerrin, who does not seem to fit in to the family ever since she was born. Her younger sister Merle who ends up liking the man who comes to work with them at the farm. All these characters have several things in their lives happen, and Marget's character just mostly looks on.
This wasn't a bad book, but since I've started reading the Pulitzer Prize books one after another, I get the feeling I read this book before. It reminded me a great deal of the previous book I read, Honey in the Horn by Caroline Miller and some others. The story of a young girl who tries to make it work on a farm and its daily struggles seems to be a recurring subject, which makes it seem a bit repetitive sometimes.
Favorite Character(s): Merle
First sentence: "Now in November I can see our years as a whole."
Page Count: 202
.When you think about spring, you just picture blue skies, baby animals, green grass and sweater weather. However, where I live, we get lots and lots of rain during the first months of spring. So one way to help you realize it actually IS spring, is to surround yourself with tons of beautiful flowers.
My favourite flowers are tulips, especially closed tulips. They're just simple and colorful and work in every room. And, a nice bonus, they're not expensive at all! We have a supermarket not far from here that has a flower-section and they often have tulips on sale. A few weeks ago, you could get two bouquets of tulips for only 6 EUR (or $7). Score!
Back Cover Blurb
"Caroline Miller's classic novel follows the story of fierce courageous Cean Smith as she bears witness to cycles of birth and death, marriage and betrayal in the Civil War era. Richly authentic and lyrically descriptive, Lamb in his Bosom pays poignant tribute to a woman's life lived on the lone between the nature outside her and the nature within."
This was one story I enjoyed from beginning to end. Caroline Miller sure does know how to capture the strenght of a woman and everything she does to keep her family together and safe. In the begnning, Cean Smith starts out as a young wife who had not seen too many bad things in her life. This changes during the course of the book, when she has to work through a bunch of challenges such as loss of family members, children, famine, and more. Miller paints that story of young, naive child to strong survivor keeping her family going perfectly. I really enjoyed this book.
Favorite Character(s): Cean Smith, Margot and Jasper
First sentence: "Cean turned and lifted her hand briefly in farewell as she rode away beside Lonzo in the ox-cart."
Page Count: 358
Back Cover Blurb
"The novel's action begins in 1884, when Grover Cleveland became the first Democratic president since the end of the Civil war, and it centers about the emergence of Colonel Miltiades Vaiden as a figure of wealth and power in the city of Florence."
This was one of the hardest stories to get into until now. I didn't like the character of Miltiades, nor the descriptions of the women in the book. It isn't until well into the second half that things really start to happen, and even then it didn't peak my interest enough to want to keep reading. Maybe this is the case because it is the second part of a trilogy, but it all felt very bland to me.
Favorite Character(s): Toussaint
First sentence: "In response to his wife's uncertain inquiry about the political speaking, Colonel Miltiades Vaiden called back from his gate that he did not think there would be any ladies at the courthouse that evening."
Page Count: 571
Back Cover Blurb
"When O-Lan, a servant girl, marries the peasant Wang Lung, she toils tirelessly through four pregnancies for their family's survival. Reward is meagre, but there is sustenance in the land - until the famine comes. Half-starved, the family koins thousands to beg on the city streets. All seems lost, until O-Lan's desperate will to survive returns them home with undreamt-of wealth. But they have betrayed the earth from which true wealth springs, and the family's money breeds only mistrust, deception - and heartbreak for the woman who had saved them."
This isn't a book I would have read, if it wasn't for the Pulitzer list. For some reason I never had a real feel for novels that take place in Asia, so when I saw this book was next, I was glad that I got to dip my toes in that genre for once. That being said, I did not like the book at all. The main character, Wang Lung, is terrible! He treats everyone around him like they're below him and does everything for his own personal gain. If this book had been written from O-Lan's perspective, this would've been a whole different story! Now, I know being invested in a character that much, might actually mean that the book is good because if it was bad I wouldn't have cared all that much, but I really had to make myself pick up the book again every day to read, which I'm betting isn't what the writer intended.
Favorite Character(s): O-Lan
First sentence: "It was Wang Lung's marriage day."
Page Count: 357
I'm not a big movie fan and I've never been tempted to watch most old movies, but this is definitely an exception. I know (and love) the song, of course. So I was eager to see if the rest of the movie was as catchy as its title song.
We picked out a rainy evening in April and cuddled up on the couch.
I love the movie more than I thought I would! The story felt very modern and we even had a few laughs. Some of the songs went too long for me, but I guess that's just personal taste.
When the movie was over, I did look it up on IMDB and one of the things that I thought was amazing, was the fact that Gene Kelly actually had a very high fever during the day they were supposed to film the "singing in the rain" scene. So they only had one take to get it right and they didn't have the dance routine ready. So he improvised most of it.
Knowing this makes the movie even better!
Back Cover Blurb
After the last Pulitzer Prize winning novel I read, this was a surprisingly simple story. It follows the life of "proper" girl, Jane Ward. The story begins when she is just a teenager and ends with her having grown-up children of her own. I was afraid this book would be a bit boring, because it is yet again a story about a young woman's life in the early 1900's. But this particular one really drew me in. The story is very easy to get into and I love how the romance part plays out. To me, one of the better Pulitzer Prize winning novels so far!
Favorite Character(s): Jane and Stephen.
First sentence: "Little Jane Ward sat at her father's left hand at the family breakfast table, her sleek, brown pigtailed head bent discreetly over her plate."
Page Count: 581
I've never been a big movie-watcher. I would never put a movie on by choice, I would always pick a tv-show. So it's no surprise I hadn't seen Fargo before. My husband loves watching movies and watches a ton without me, so I had thought he would've watched it already, but he hadn't, so we made a cozy evening of it.
I figured, since this is apparently a must-watch movie for wintertime, that it would be a story to warm yourself up to. Something romantic or family-oriented. Boy, was I wrong, huh!
When I read the back of DVD case, it said it was about a kidnapping gone wrong, murder and a pregnant detective trying to figure everything out. So I thought, a mystery thriller or something. Wrong again!
In the end I did like the movie. It was just weird enough to still be funny and the accents are awesome! Happy I did watch it!
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